Deloach sworn in as D19 school board member

Bill Deloach was sworn in as Barnwell District 19’s newest school board member on Nov. 27.

Following the resignation of George Fickling earlier this year, the remaining four board members unanimously voted to appoint Deloach during the Nov. 13 meeting. Board Chairwoman Carroll Priester said Deloach was selected due to his previous interest in the board, citing how he ran two times previously.

“We are glad to have the board back at full strength again,” said board member Karen Jowers who attended the swearing in event.

AmeriCorps team replaces fishing pier

Barnwell State Park has a new fishing pier thanks to the efforts of the AmeriCorps team.

The team of 10 young people, who are from all over the country, are volunteering across Barnwell County through Dec. 15. On Dec. 5 and 6 they replaced the old fishing pier, which was aged and weathered.

“It’s been a long-time need for the park,” said park manager Eddie Richburg. “It’s solid now and ready to be fished on.”

Lady Tigers, Devils face off in rematch

A week ago, the Allendale-Fairfax High girls varsity basketball team beat Wade Hampton High by 13 points in the Tigers’ Den.

On Friday night in Hampton, the Lady Tigers and Lady Red Devils squared off again.

This time, however, the final results were different. Wade Hampton High jumped on the Allendale-Fairfax High team early, then fended off a late rally by the Lady Tigers for a 50-43 victory.

Tied at 43-43 with 1:45 left to play, the Lady Red Devils took over the game behind the tough-to-defend Deja Smith-Gross.

Blue Devils outlast Warhorses in overtime

On Dec. 4 in their season opener against Barnwell High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team went through an absolute roller coaster ride for their first win of the season.

The in-county battle turned into a nip-and-tuck affair with the Blue Devils outlasting the Warhorses in overtime by a score of 62-55.

The game went into overtime after being tied 49-49 after regulation.

In the extra session, the Blue Devils were more aggressive offensively, outscoring the Warhorses 13-6 to close out the game.

Barnwell girls remain unbeaten

The Barnwell High girls basketball team is off to a terrific start this season with four straight wins.

The Lady Warhorses’ latest triumph came on Monday night in a dominating 47-32 win over Pelion High in Barnwell.

In that game, the Lady Warhorses led from start to finish behind the backcourt duo of Maleah Williams and Adriana Bell. Williams finished with a game high 20 points and 12 steals. Bell also had a good all-around performance with 13 points, seven assists and six steals.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team continues to play well.

Crews, Frederick wed

Hannah Wren Crews of York and Philip William Frederick III of Williston were united in marriage on October 7, 2017 at Lifeway Church. The Rev. Mark Crews, father of the bride, officiated. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mark and Robyn Crews.

The bride’s dress was a floor-length champagne colored mermaid gown with a lace cathedral veil. The bride carried a bouquet of cascading roses and mixed greenery.

Macie Boyd of York served as maid of honor.

Frederick, Byars wed

Lauren Elisabeth Frederick of Williston and Jason Edward Byars of Aiken were united in marriage on September 10, 2017 at the home of the groom’s aunt and uncle, Rev. and Mrs. Keith Ussery. The Rev. Keith Ussery officiated.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Frederick Jr.

The bride’s dress was lovely and flowing softly of pure white chiffon, gathered with an empire waistline. The floor-length gown swept into a cathedral train.

Kiersten Jhene' Davis born Aug. 24, 2017

Whitney and Kian Davis are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiersten Jhene’ Davis.

She was born on August 24, 2017 at University Hospital of Augusta, Ga. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Angela Davis and Curly Tuck of North Carolina.

Maternal grandparents are Betty Odom Bell and Ernest Nimmons of South Carolina.

Maternal great-grandmother is Irene Odom.

Asher Murray Creech born on Nov. 8, 2017

Cliff and Victoria Creech are proud to announce the birth of their son, Asher Murray Creech.

He was born at 7:54 a.m. on November 8, 2017 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long.

He has one brother, Caden Creech.

Paternal grandparents are Rodney Creech and Tammy Gunnells of Barnwell.

Maternal grandparents are Charles and Tabitha Zorn of Barnwell.

Paternal great-grandparents are Don Creech Sr. and Bettie Wade of Barnwell; Ricky and Emma Walta of Barnwell.

Christmas angels mindful of meaning of season

What do you want for Christmas?

It’s a common question this time of year.

Many want the latest gadgets, toys and clothes. You can turn to pages 1-2B of this edition to find out what local youngsters want in our annual Letters to Santa feature. From salamanders and puppies to perfume and the new iPhone X, the list of material presents was long.

However, a couple letters really stuck out to us.

Options and tips offered to celebrate safely

Dear Editor,

Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Last year 891 people were killed in drunk driving crashes which is 26 percent of total traffic fatalities during this time (between November 1 through December 31).

Drinking and driving don’t mix. Always designate a non-drinking driver.

Learning comes to life during Hour of Code

From kindergartners to high school seniors, local students joined tens of millions of their counterparts from more than 180 countries for an Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code is a program sponsored by in an effort to encourage coding and computer science in schools around the world. The annual event started four years ago and takes place during Computer Science Education Week, which was Dec. 4-10 this year.

First Steps moves Barnwell headquarters

Barnwell County First Steps has a new home, but their mission of helping children succeed is the same.

The Barnwell County office had been headquartered in an old school building next to town hall on Lartigue Street in Blackville, but moved in August to the back of the DHEC/Barnwell County Health Department building at 11015 Ellenton Street in Barnwell. Executive Director Doris Mitchell said the new office is more efficient for their needs and puts them closer to partners. A majority of the families they work with are in Barnwell.

James Arthur Creech (Summerville)

Henry Arthur Creech, 86, of Summerville, died Sunday, December 17, 2017.

His funeral service will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Deer Park Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Barnwell County Memory Gardens (2624 Reynolds Road) at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Bebeta Blume (Denmark)

Funeral services for Bebeta “Betty” Martin Blume, 75, of Denmark, will be held 2 o’clock p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Matt Thomas and Dr. Thomas Terry officiating; burial will be in Barnwell County Memory Gardens on Reynolds Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Pallbearers will be Gregg Covington, Terry Dyches, Steve Martin, F. C. Noles, Billy Turner, Mark Whetstone and Phillip Whetstone.

Jason Schumpert (Elko)

Funeral services for Jason Allen Schumpert, 43, of Elko, will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Tom Baker officiating; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be given in Jason’s memory to the Elko Fire Department, P.O. Box 217, Elko, SC 29826; Allendale & Barnwell Counties Disabilities and Special Needs Board (Autism), 20 Park St., Barnwell, SC 29812 or the Williston Cemetery Fund, P.O.

Nora Brabham Riley (Barnwell)

Nora Brabham Riley, 98, of Barnwell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the John Edward Harter Nursing Home in Fairfax.

Mrs. Riley was born in Allendale County on June 30, 1919 and was a daughter of the late Hallie Benjamin and Elizabeth Ferguson Brabham. She was the widow of John W. “Billy” Riley. Mrs. Nora was a retired store manager for Barnwell Factory Outlet, a member of Barnwell First Baptist Church and Harmony Hope Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Joseph “Joe” Layton Simmons (Barnwell)

Joseph Layton “Joe” Simmons, 70, of Barnwell, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Aiken Regional Medical Center.
Joe was born in Barnwell County on September 12, 1947 and was a son of the late Lewis and Marie Gleaton Simmons. He was a retired farm worker and carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at Seven Pines Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Mole Funeral Home.

John Wesley Deer Jr. (Olar)

John Wesley Deer Jr., 62, of Olar, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Mr. Deer was born on July 13, 1955 in Columbia. He was a son of the late John Wesley Deer Sr. and Margie Reed Deer. He was a graduate of Newberry College and was a retired engineer with the CSX Railroad. He was a member of Olar First Baptist Church. He had coached football, basketball, and softball at Jefferson Davis Academy, Barnwell High School, and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. He was an avid Clemson football fan and was a loving father and grandfather.


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